R-5 is apparently now established as an industry benchmark. If I had
any doubts, they disappeared walking the floor of GlassBuild America
yesterday. "R-5" appeared in exhibitor displays and a handful of
manufacturers I spoke with indicated they were at the show at least in
part to review their R-5 options. (An interesting story in itself is
the sudden emergence of double-pane R-5 alternatives. Conventional
wisdom, not too long ago, was that triple-glazing would be required.)
Back in April, when DOE launched its R-5 program, only a quarter of the respondents to our weekly poll
said it would have significant impact on the industry. My sense,
however, is that it's already happening. I don't know if companies are
actually selling windows through the DOE volume purchase program, but
the existence of the program appears to be transforming the market.
So, we'll use this week's poll to
see if that's true. More importantly, I'd like to hear from you. I'd
be interested to hear, in particular, from participants in the volume
purchase program. Are you seeing direct sales as a result? What about other R-5 product sales? Are they there? Are they growing? And, if you're not selling R-5, that's okay. I'd like to hear from you too. Are you biding your time? Post your comments on the Talk page of WindowandDoor.com. Or, if you prefer, you can email me directly and share your thoughts.